Do you have a sacred space that's just for you? A special place that brings you tranquility and a reprieve from the outside world? That feels like a deep breath when you enter into it?
If not, I highly recommend creating one. It's not only easy but unbelievable the amount of joy and peace it will bring you. In this article, I'm sharing my sacred space–how I set it up, tools and books I keep in it and some self-care tips for making the most out of your space.
What is meant by sacred space?
Sacred space is simply a space you create that makes you feel connected, safe, and calm. It's a spiritual space that holds items and tools for self-care.
I like to call self-care sacred because for me, it's a non-negotiable aspect of my life. It's much deeper than painting my nails or giggling while I dance around a room once a month like a lot of articles and books recommend for us women.
But in my reality, painting my nails or giggling alone in my room once a month just ain't gonna cut it. Actually, the latter is something that will happen if I DON'T get my real self-care in.
Real self-care will sustain you. It will give you something to look forward to during those crazy moments during the day when you feel like you're about lose your mind. It's truly a non-negotiable; we need self-care to be present, sane, and healthy.
Examples of sacred spaces
Since sacred spaces are as unique and individual as the person who creates them, there's an endless array of what sacred place could look like.
A sacred space is really any space that helps you to connect to yourself on a soul level, to the presence of god or higher consciousness within. With that defintion, here are some examples of sacred spaces:
- a meditation sitting area with pillows and incense
- a desk that is set up for inner work and self-care rituals
- a spot in your home set up for quiet contemplation, like your favorite chair and a blanket
- a shrine like area filled with sacred objects that reflect one's spirituality
- a corner in your home where you practice yoga
- a bedside or coffee table containing self-care items
Any spot in your home can be turned into a sacred place. You can even create mini-sacred spaces in more than one spot. I added string lights to my bathroom, for example, so that everytime I shower, it feels like a sacred reprieve from the world.
How to create a sacred space
This blog post is all about how to create and set up a sacred space within your home, no matter how small.
Think about an area that you already spend a lot of your time. This would make a great starting point. All you have to do is use some creativity and think of ways to turn this space into something more special feeling.
From string lighting to aromatherapy sprays, there are many ways to turn a space in your home into a sanctuary for your mind and soul. Some items that I frequently use are:
- incense or spiritual candles
- sage sprays
- stones and crystals
- low lighting, such as string lights or small lamps
- cozy, inviting fabrics, such as soft blankets and pillows
- spiritual figurines, such as a meditating gnome or grateful monk
- tarot/oracle cards
- reflective worksheets
You can check out my Meditation Space Tools and Decor for more suggestions. Below, I'll show you how I turned my bedside table into a sacred space. Here are my top tips for creating your own sacred place anywhere in your home.
1. Choose a small spot in your house for your sacred space
The first thing I did was completely clean it out. I didn't want it to be junky or a place where random things are tossed. I do this every few months as well to keep the energy flowing in this space and so that it feels peaceful.
Clutter messes with you physically, mentally, and also spiritually. Make sure your space is clear and feels light. And the quietest corners of your living area is usually the best place to set up a self-care space if you can manage it.
I also like having my space next to the window because I burn a lot of incense and since I try not to smoke my husband out I'll usually open a window!
2. Decorate to soothe
I laid a white dresser cloth on top and began collecting things that helped soothe me, and then hung up string lights around my bed post which go behind my dresser and up the side of my lamp. Hidden under one of my incense burners is the Echo Dot; I find it perfect for playing soothing playlists and sounds without taking up much space.
I also added a salt lamp and absolutely love the soft glow it provides. Candles as well provide soft lighting and create a cozy ambiance.
Overhead lighting keeps us in a place of feeling overwhelmed even if we don't realize it. Our bodies need the dim lighting when it's dark outside or anytime we want to retreat to a dark room to de-stress.
I began collecting boxes and stands to hold my self-care items. The wooden box you see in the picture was obtained for a few dollars at Ross. It has beautiful etching on the top and just feels good in this space.
I also purchased incense holders as well as unfinished wood slices to hold crystals. I like to keep a lot of natural elements in my space because I find that it really helps to ground and soothe me. Especially during the months when I'm not outside much due to weather.
Other good ideas would be to put momentos in your space you hold dear; photos of loved ones, special trinkets, statues, totems, etc.
Inside my box I keep a few items from my sons (the giraffe and feather). These items hold their sweet little energy in them and I love keeping this close to me.
3. Add sacred self-care items
This will be unique to you and what you find sacred. For me, self-care is pretty much a spiritual thing. It's connecting with my inner being and spirit guides. It's a place and time to reflect and get in touch with what I'm truly feeling and needing.
Books are a great self-care item. Think about what you're needing or are interested in exploring, and get a few books to add to your space. I love morning reflection books; they're quick reads once a day that help give me a bigger perspective and bring me out of my own head.
Most mornings, I have a little self-care routine that I do which includes burning incense, reading a page from one of these books, and filling out a morning worksheet.
I frequently document my routine on Instagram as well if you ever want some self-care inspiration.
I also highly recommend a journal. The thing I love most about self-care is that I can go within and get whatever I need.
If I'm having a problem, if I've been feeling out of sorts or upset over something, I know that I can journal and receive an answer. There is no guru, spiritual person or book that you need in order to figure anything out; all of the answers you need are within.
If you haven't noticed yet, crystals are another one of my favorite self-care items. I do consider them self-care because crystals hold very high levels of pure energy, which helps to reset ours.
Another one of my favorite self-care items is aromatherapy. The smell of good, quality incense is an instant ethereal, yet grounding feel. I also feel like I'm in a sacred space when I light incense, so it's good for not only stress relief but for spiritual purposes as well.
Essential and anointing oils are my other favorite aromatherapy. Here's a few from my growing collection.
I love clearing sprays that are a combination of distilled water and essential oils or herbal essences, and usually they have small crystals in them as well. I mist these around myself and feel clearer and lighter; it sort of feel like misting on a clean slate. Also, I'll visualize the day's negative energy being dissolved and it helps to ground me as well.
I've gotten most of these items from this subscription box which I've been subscribed to for the last few years. You can also check out my blog post here for a list of the best witchy/spiritual subscription boxes (my favorite way to collect all of these tools).
The last item I'll share with you is my little stash of oracle cards. They're a form of sacred divination in order to receive spiritual guidance from your inner self and guides.
4. Visit your sacred space at least once a day
My last tip: actually utilize your beautiful, new sacred space! It's your retreat from the world. Take special care of it. Bless it with your love and keep it feeling special to you.
Self-care is a daily activity that we all need, and with a sacred space set up, it's much easier to remember to take care of yourself and to find a reprieve from the world.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this article and found something to take away with you.
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Jessica Dimas is the creator of Manifesting Magic with the Moon, a self-care journal for connecting with yourself through the energetic phases of the moon.